Kahleah’s life changed one day during her sophomore year of high school in
Philadelphia when she received a text message from her mother, Leticia: Leticia had
During Leticia’s battle, the basketball court became Kahleah’s refuge. “It was difficult,
especially in the beginning. But basketball just takes all the pain away. I can be mad at
the world and have the best game of my life.”
The lure of better basketball brought Jonquel from her native Freeport, Bahamas to the
U.S. where she became just the third Bahamian woman to earn a D-I basketball
scholarship in the US.
Jonquel’s father and uncle built a court in her grandmother’s backyard before she was
born. When she was young she’d wake up at 6 a.m., take a shortcut to her
grandmother’s house (running through the bushes on this path) to practice from 6-8am,
then go to school.
Her teammates and closest friends affectionately call her “JJ” and she is known to be a
big fan of hip-hop and reggae music.
Jonquel is also a childhood friend and frequent training partner of Buddy Hield (fellow
Bahamian and former Oklahoma University men’s basketball player).
As a third-grader, Tiffany was a huge Dawn Staley fan and completed a biography
project on Staley’s life. She asked for Staley’s WNBA Charlotte Sting jersey, which she
later wore to a Sting game before hanging it on the wall in her home.
Tiffany helped now-coach Staley raise the South Carolina program to national
prominence over the course of her career.
Tiffany Mitchell won the Dawn Staley Award her junior year (recognizing her as the
best D-I guard in the nation).
Tiffany is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Led UConn to four consecutive NCAA Champions and joins teammates Moriah
Jefferson and Morgan Tuck as the only male or female players to do so in NCAA
Often referred to as “Stewie” by her teammates and women’s basketball followers.
Auriemma on Stewart: “No one ever has impacted the NCAA Tournament as many
times and as well as Breanna Stewart in the history of college basketball and women’s
Named as a finalist for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team.